If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, I would highly suggest that you consider cord blood banking. I found out about it when I was pregnant with Alayna, and I made the decision to do it for both of my children because of the extensive benefits of banking the umbilical cord blood. The price is definitely right, it isn't too expensive, but even the benefits and advantages of this outweighs any cost. It's definitely your child's life and future you are thinking about when you decide to bank the cord blood!
What is cord blood?
Umbilical cord blood is what is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after the baby is born. Cord blood is rich in stem cells which are normally found in our bone marrow. This blood is very rich in cells that produce all of the mature and good cells in our body. They form white and red cells that fight infection and carry oxygen. (Respectively.) These help our immune system fight normal everyday illnesses.
Stem cells currently treat nearly 80 diseases and have been used in more than 20,000 transplants worldwide to this date. (And counting!) The research is ongoing and extensive to be able to treat other diseases and illnesses in the future, but currently they are used to treat some of the most life threatening diseases such as leukemia, non-hodgkins lymphoma and other cancers.
Cord blood is easily extracted after birth and causes no pain to the mother or child. This is a lot easier than possibly needing bone marrow extraction in the future. Bone marrow harvesting is an invasive procedure with a lot of risks. Not only that, but the cord blood cells have a higher level of engraftment than a bone marrow transplant. (That simply means that the body accepts the cells better and those who have cord blood transplants have a lower risk of rejection or infection.) Banked cord blood is easily accessible in the future, if ever needed, and has a 1 in 4 chance of matching a sibling.
How is that for advantages? Have any of you had your baby's blood banked and if so, why did you make the decision to do it?
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